seals are the smallest special operations force. at any time there are between 2,000, and 3,000 navy seals and they're not only serving in field platoon on the front lines but also working in places like the pentagon and headquarters command like central command and afghanistan and iraq and those headquarters. probably 2,000 to 3,000 navy seals. they were started january 1st, 1962, by president john f. kennedy. the reason he started the seals was he wanted to have a force, sea, air and land, and no, what president kennedy wanted to do was have a force of people, a highly trained course to put in difficult -- could not only respond tactically but be thoughtful about working in some difficult situations.